Mixed results for cricket opener

Byron Bay

The 2009-2010 cricket season commenced last Saturday with mixed results.

First Grade, playing in the L J Hooker League at Kingsford Smith South in a two day match as Byron Bay/Mullum Brunswick, have their opposition, Tintenbar East Ballina, at 4 for 125 off 52overs in a rain interrupted match.

The Second Grade, playing in the all new Coastal League at South Tweed also in a two day match, batted strongly to be all out for 247 at stumps on day one in a great first outing for the season.

The Byron Bay Handimart Fourths play in an all one day Ballina District competition so each week there is a result.

 This week the result was a loss to Tintenbar East Ballina Fire in a rain-affected match 97 to 94.
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Match reports: 1sts v TEB. TEB won the toss and elected to bat. Adam Meads and Paul Gregory bowled well with Adam taking a key wicket early and Paul bowling without any luck.

TEB ended up on 4-125 off just the 52 overs due to rain delays and can face up to 28 overs next week. The firsts will be pushing for a big effort to finish them off quickly next week and use the allocated 80 overs to be faced to come back to the Bowlo with a win under their belts. Don’t foget training on Thursday to get those kinks out of the body.

2nds v South Tweed. Byron Bay made a great start to the season with the bat scoring 247 against the highly fancied South Tweed Colts on a good pitch and fast outfield at Tweed.

Brad Jones 21 and Neil Armstrong 39 put on a very good opening stand of 66 and Anthony Smith 66 and Greg Trevena 21 followed up with another 80 run stand to put Byron Bay in control.

 Cam Fleming 35 guided the team through to the final big score with contributions from everyone. There is a great feeling in the side for the start of the season. Short Stats: A Smith 66, N Armstrong 39, C Fleming 35, B Jones 21, G Trevena 21 totalling 247 all out. Byron Bay Handimart 4ths v TEB Fire.

The Handi Fours took on the TEB Fire at Chikiba Oval in Ballina and won the toss and in true tradition, elected to bat in the dodgy weather.

No sooner had the innings commenced and it rained, sending all back to the sheds. This happened on three occasions during our innings and come time for our compulsory close of innings we had only faced 30 overs and scored 94 off them.

 Gazza Lawrence top-scored with 23 opening the innings and new recruit Geraint Price-Jones took 22 runs off them. The weather gods shone on the Fire’s innings with the sun coming out during the break and the pitch drying off as their innings start to gather momentum.

The Bay’s two opening bowlers, Wade Sellen (2 for 7) and Miles Potter (1 for 20) bowled their allocated 6 overs each extremely well.

Geraint took a screamer of a catch at mid-wicket off Bruce MacKenzie, diving goal-keeper style up and to his left and Levi Shoulder, another recruit to the side, grabbed a hot chance in the slips to impress on his debut.

 Unfortunately the Fire got the Bay after 22 overs to record a comfortable win.

 Short Stats; G Lawrence 23, G Price-Jones 22, G Beaumont 18, S Groves 12, R Chidgey 10 totalling 7 - 94. W Sellen 2 -7, M Potter 1 -20, B MacKenzie 1 - 20 totalling 4 - 97.

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